Plenary Lectures

The PKP Plenary Lectures, given by senior figures of University and public life, take place in the evening and are followed by an informal question and answer session and drinks with the speaker. They are open to all students on the Pembroke-King’s Programme! The following Plenary Lectures were held during PKP 2017 and the Plenary Lectures for PKP 2018 will be announced in due course.:

Lord Chris Smith, “What Now for Brexit?”

Lord Smith is the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Lord Smith was the MP for Islington South and Finsbury from 1983 to 2005. As Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport between 1997 and 2001, he restored free admission to national museums and galleries, established NESTA, the Film Council, Creative Partnerships for schools, and the Foundation for Youth Music, expanded funding for the arts and sport, championed the creative industries for the first time in Government, and began the switchover process for digital television. Lord Smith played a leading role in opposing the Iraq war, and was made a life peer after standing down from the Commons in 2005. He currently sits on the crossbenches as an independent Peer.

Dr Hannah Mumby, “The Ecology and Conservation of Male African Elephants”

Dr Mumby is a Branco Weiss fellow and Drapers’ Company Junior Research fellow at the University of Cambridge, Pembroke College and the Department of Zoology. Dr Mumby’s current research focuses on male elephants and how they could be more at risk from being involved in human-elephant conflict such as crop raiding. Dr Mumby is also working on how anthropogenic and environmental stressors can affect elephant survival, reproduction and body size. She is collaborating with Dr. Janine Brown of the Smithsonian Institute and Chatchote Thitaram of Chiang Mai University on endocrine analysis.

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Refugee Crisis and Sexual Violence in Conflict”

Baroness Nicholson is the founder of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Business Development in Iraq and the Regions. She currently serves as its Chair. Baroness Nicholson is also a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Human Trafficking, chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Foreign Affairs and speaks regularly on health care and education in the Middle East and Eastern Europe and business development in Iraq and its wider neighbourhood. She was appointed as Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Iraq on 30 January 2014.

Kieren Lovell, “Cyber Security: Why Hack The Machine When They Can Hack You”

Kieren Lovell is the Head of Computer Emergency Response at the University of Cambridge. The Plenary Lecture focused on how internet services, such as Facebook, Instagram, Forums and Company and College websites, can be used to develop an intelligence and attach profile that can then be used to launch a campaign against a University or company.